Using real-time surveillance
We support local areas in the Suicide Prevention Programme to use real-time surveillance to track the number of probable suicide deaths in their area.
Why use real-time surveillance?
Due, in part, to delays in legal processes (i.e. the time lag between an unexpected death being reported and it receiving a coroner’s conclusion at an inquest), real-time suicide data is difficult to obtain. This makes it difficult to implement targeted support to prevent suicide.
Real-time surveillance systems allow you to track the number of suspected deaths by suicide in your area in real-time. This gives you more up-to-date information about suicide in your area and helps you to identify and implement support to prevent suicide in a timelier manner.
Examples of real-time surveillance
The following local areas have real-time surveillance systems:
- Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire & Berkshire West STP
- Bath, Swindon, Wiltshire STP
- Cambridge and Peterborough STP
- Cheshire & Merseyside STP
- Cornwall and Isles of Scilly STP
- Devon ICS
- Dorset ICS
- Lancashire & South Cumbria ICS
- Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership
- Norfolk and Waveney STP
- North Central London STP
- North East and North Cumbria ICS
- South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw
- Somerset STP
- Suffolk and North East Essex ICS
Examples of good practice
- South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw - RTS (PDF)
- Lancashire and South Cumbria - RTS and Contagion Responses